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Iberia rolls out Premium Economy seating to Havana and Johannesburg

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Iberia has announced that Havana and Johannesburg will feature its Premium Economy seating from Summer 2019.

This means a 5cm wider seat, 15cm of additional seat pitch and 40 degrees of recline.  Premium Economy IFE is via a 12 inch screen compared with the 9 inch version used in Economy.

Premium Economy is already available on Iberia flights to Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Lima, Panama City, Quito, Santiago de Chile,and São Paulo in Latin America, plus Boston, Chicago, Miami, and New York in the United States.

Iberia rolls out Premium Economy to Havana and Johannesburg

You can learn more about Iberia’s Premium Economy cabin on their website here.

In other news, Iberia has announced an additional three weekly flights to Lima for Summer 2019 taking it to 10 weekly services in July and August.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (105)

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  • Chris says:

    OT: has anyone been able to confirm whether the £100 back on £500 Hilton US in store spend works when buying online?

    • Mark Smith says:

      No it doesn’t sadly unless you pay for a rate that you settle at check out. Asked the Amex CS agent and got this confirmed as have just booked a couple of US Hiltons over the past week.

  • Chris says:

    Totally and completely OT: Does anyone know if I return an Avis rental 24hrs late in the UK how much extra I get charged? Is it an additional pro-rata fee based on the price I paid?

    • Shoestring says:

      Additions day’s rental cost (@ standard rate for that car) + £18/ day late return fee

    • the_real_a says:

      Yes its the standard “rack rate” for the extra day which is considerably more expensive than the price you paid. Customer service can tell you exactly what the charge would be.

    • Anna says:

      Can’t you contact Avis and ask to extend the booking?

    • George says:

      Call the branch (push 4 on their phone number) and see if they can adjust the booking – either before or after the return time. They tend to do it including your current rate (or AWD, if you have a corporate). Central and the auto system use the rack rate even if you change before the car is due back.

      Don’t recommend just holding it for an extra 24h – they (understandably) become concerned about the location of the vehicle! Up to an hour late to return has never been an issue for me with Avis downtown or airport locations in the UK though.

      • George says:

        Sorry – call the branch number and push 4 to get the branch, rather than 1/2/3 which direct to central.

  • Tim M says:

    I am on the last flight to Kalamata in a few weeks’ time and don’t like the look of those BoB prices. Can anyone point me to the BA policy allowing one’s own alcoholic drinks to be consumed onboard?

    • Craig says:

      I don’t think there is anything in BA T&Cs to prohibit bring onboard (prepared to be proved wrong though), airlines that do permit it sometimes ask you to pass it to the crew and they will serve you. You could always ask them on Twitter?

      • Shoestring says:

        BA allow reasonable consumption of your own alcoholic drinks on board, as confirmed many times on FT by staffers. Many people report cabin crew being helpful, ie chilling down a white wine and serving it to you an hour or so into the flight.

        Most other airlines seem to ban it in T&Cs.

  • Jamie says:

    I’ve always thought it petty to charge for tea and coffee (and water!) on short haul economy – BA could learn from SAS in this area.

    • Alex Sm says:

      BA can learn many things from its European peers – from seats pitch and quality of service to free tea and coffee.

  • Ahop says:

    OT: has anyone managed to use an upgrade voucher/241 with Virgin, then managed to upgrade further with additional points?

    I am thinking of getting to PE with the voucher and then top up to UC with more points.

    • Jamie says:

      I don’t think a PE ticket (booked with an upgrade voucher) is eligible to upgrade with points. Would advise calling Virgin to ask…I have an upcoming PE journey which is using a voucher and there is still an option to bid for an upgrade using £ though.

    • Louise says:

      I’ve read of reports of people being able to do this on v flyer, even though it is not allowed

  • IanMacK says:

    Forget about tea & coffee and Glenlivet and tinnies of beer and pop.
    The increase for Percy Pigs is an outrage
    £1.85 to £2.00 8.1% increase
    225 to 285 Avios 26.7% increase
    I’m sure that there’s is Select Committee (Treasury …..) that will want to grill Alex over this.

  • Anna says:

    OT but bits. I need to buy a cash ticket for the OH as BA almost never release more than 2 CW seats to GCM and we don’t want to travel on separate days. On the return prices from August 19th are 3 times what they are up till then (c £800 for August 15th but £2300 for the 19th!). I suspect they will come down eventually (though possibly not before the end of the current sale), but does anyone know the reason for the discrepancy? AA’s prices are also ludicrous for the end of August. It’s not the case with other destinations, just the NAS/GCM flight.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Is there no where you can fly both in CW on a redemption then spend the c£300-£400 on a short hop to GCM? Maybe add in some time on another islands.

      Maybe even via Madrid as surcharges are likely to be much lower

      • Anna says:

        The only other way to get to GCM is to go via the US and we want to avoid that next year having done both options in the past. It’s a tricky island to get to, which explains the low tourist numbers from Europe. Also, when paying for one cash ticket, that person gets tier points and avios so it’s an acceptable option.

        • Alex W says:

          The person paying cash could do an Ex-EU to bring the cost down? E.g. pack one person off to Dublin the night before and he joins the rest of you at Heathrow the following day.

    • Anna says:

      It’s not making any difference to the long haul sector. It’s not really a question about our itinerary, more does anyone have any insight into BA’s pricing policies or issues with their IT relating to updating flight prices?

  • Ian says:

    Why the mixture of units in the IB article? Normally seat pitch is measured in inches (like the screen size mentioned in the article).

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